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BSc Environmental Policy with Economics


UCAS code: F9L1

Programme requirement: A level in Mathematics at grade A or International Baccalaureate Diploma with Higher level Mathematics

Usual standard offer:
A level: grades A A B, including an A in Mathematics

International Baccalaureate: Diploma with 37 points including 6 6 6 at Higher level (to include Mathematics)

Other qualifications are considered

For further details see lse.ac.uk/ug/apply/env

Applications 2014: 84

First year students 2014:

This degree allows you the powerful combination of studying the environment while furthering your understanding of economics. It is structured as a major/minor degree and the programme is tightly specified to enable students to build economic knowledge and skills alongside environmental study options. 

First year:

(* half unit)

Second year:

Third year:

Please note that not every course is available each year and that some courses may only be available with the permission of the course convenor and/or may be subject to space.

You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.

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Programme details

First year

You take courses which deal with the physical environment and with global issues, together with an economics course and a mathematics course. Environmental Change: Past, Present and Future focuses on developing an appreciation of the Planet Earth as the home of human societies. Sustainable Development seeks to understand better how the natural world is affected by development decisions. You have the choice of either Economics A or Economics B. Economics A provides a foundation in economics, primarily to those without significant background in the subject. Economics B is an introductory course in microeconomics and macroeconomics. Quantitative Methods (Mathematics) develops the basic mathematical tools necessary for further study in economics and related disciplines. Quantitative Methods (Statistics) develops the statistical tools necessary for further study in management and economics with an emphasis on the applicability of the methods to management and economic problems.

Second and third years

In the second year, you take two core environmental courses (Environment: Science and Society and Applied Environmental Economics), Microeconomic Principles I, and an approved geography and environment option. Environment: Science and Society examines debates concerning the nature, cause, and effects of, and alternative solutions to, the key natural environmental degradation and pollution problems faced by human societies. Applied Environmental Economics is an introduction to the use of economic principles in the analysis of environmental change and natural resource use and in designing appropriate policy responses. Microeconomic Principles I is an intermediate course in microeconomic analysis.

In the third year, you must take Environmental Governance along with Environment and Development and then choose two courses from a combination of economics and geography and environment options. Environmental Governance seeks to explore and critically interrogate the evolving patterns and processes of environmental governance. Environment and Development explores the complex relationships between development, poverty and the environment from political ecology and economics perspectives.